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"I lie to you ever chance I get
and I make it close enough to the truth
that you go for it every time."


I'm really digging these Battle of Mice tracks. Bones in the Water starts off as a kind of eerie confession, and then turns into screeches, wails, and beautiful noise.

I have been using myspace, of late, to trip round the web and find new music. This fact horrifies most people I tell it too and will most likely horrify you, too, but at least I have found a purpose for the whole site. A friend of mine once told me you can use myspace to pick up, but fucked if I can figure out how you would. Anyhow, the reason for this is that I'm off the radio--I'm sick of radio personalities, sure, but mostly I just want to use different ways to find music. Now that I'm not reliant on dial up, I've got a lot more freedom, web wise, and so I'm back to surfing for tunes. No doubt I will leave myspace soon, but it's proving interesting right now.

In other news, my last two album purchases were Bloc Party's A Weekend in the City and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's Some Loud Thunder.

I really dug the first Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album (it was self titled), perhaps because it came out of nowhere, perhaps not, but this new album just isn't holding up as well. If I had to put my finger on it, I'd just say that it lacks the energy of the first. I haven't listened to it a whole lot, but I've got a train ride into Bondi this afternoon, so I'm going to give it a few spins through that to get a better feel, and maybe it will grow on me (and maybe it will grow less). Right now it's kind of not recommended, though the track 'Satan Said Dance' has a cool title and is somewhat catchy.

The new Bloc Party album, however, I'm having a stronger response too. I really liked their first release, Silent Alarm, and this second album is a nice step out of what they did there. It won't please everyone who dug that first album, but I'm happy enough, so far, even if it has a bit more of a pop feel to it.

EDIT:

So I spent two hours on trains and another hour or so walking around. I listened to Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's Some Loud Thunder and I listened to the self titled album.

I decided, somewhere on the return trip, that Some Loud Thunder is a fairly decent album, but it is hindered by the fact that the opening track, 'Some Loud Thunder', and the closing track, 'Five Easy Pieces', are the weakest tracks on the whole album. So on the first couple of spins, I was left with first and last impressions, and that impressions was that the whole album tanked. Which it doesn't--though those two tracks certainly do.

Comments

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shadowsandice
Feb. 15th, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)
No! Shhhhh! I'm trying to cut down on music.
benpeek
Feb. 15th, 2007 05:44 am (UTC)
no, you must suffer1 you must!
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benpeek
Feb. 15th, 2007 05:41 am (UTC)
i look serious in ALL my photos. i dunno what it is--but you take a photo of me, and i look serious and mean and not the cute, cuddly fellow that i really am :)
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benpeek
Feb. 15th, 2007 08:09 am (UTC)
:P
underdogautopsy
Feb. 15th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
I love that Battle of Mice CD. The singer and the guitarist, however, could not be in the studio at the same time - their hatred for one another was that strong. Last I heard they were already looking for a new vocalist.

And in case you're not familiar with Red Sparowes, you should check them out. That's the band the guitarist comes from. And the vocalist comes from Made from Babies, which is pretty cool stuff, too.
benpeek
Feb. 15th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
yeah, i heard the same thing--that they were looking for a new vocalist. or was it red sparowes? anyhow, i've heard all them, and i'm gonna try out the albums--though i wasn't sold on made from babies. worth the go, you reckon?
underdogautopsy
Feb. 15th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
Red Sparowes doesn't have a vocalist, it's all instrumental, so that'd be a definite change in direction for them if they were seeking a vocalist. I rather hope they're not.

If you sampled Made from Babies and weren't sold, I'd probably stick with your instinctual response. I don't know which song you heard though; the first track on the album is kind of... bad. The rest is good and catchy. But that's just my opinion. If you heard only track 1, no, that's not a fair sampling. If you heard any other track from the album, and didn't like it, I'd stick w/ that.
benpeek
Feb. 16th, 2007 08:49 am (UTC)
yeah, okay. i was probably wrong about the sparowes thing--i'm pretty sure i saw it on myspace, and it just mentioned the band in conjunction to the other. i just skimmed it (with what not being a vocalist and all).

the song i heard from made out of babies was called 'mr prison shanks'. i'm trying another on myspace now, and it sounds cooler, i do admit.
le_messor
Feb. 15th, 2007 04:17 am (UTC)
There's an upcoming comic book series called Mice Templar.
I don't know why I felt the need to mention that just now.
benpeek
Feb. 15th, 2007 05:45 am (UTC)
the devil?
le_messor
Feb. 15th, 2007 06:01 am (UTC)
Or maybe I'm a homicidal maniac?
benpeek
Feb. 15th, 2007 06:08 am (UTC)
go witht he devil. it's classy.
le_messor
Feb. 15th, 2007 06:14 am (UTC)
Okay, but I was planning to run him down.
ex_chrisbil
Feb. 15th, 2007 10:14 am (UTC)
Funny you should mention the first Clap Your Hands album, 'cos I picked it up this week on a recommendation. I dug the sound, but the singer bugged me. I'm only on one or two listens through, so that could get better or worse, but at the moment I'm arguing with myself about it.

Strange I should moan about that, of course, 'cos I admittedly am a fan of much of Dave Matthews' work, particularly when it's not coated in extraneous violin...

Hey, you heard much of The Decemberists Ben? I bought Clap Your Hands on recommendation of the same person who suggested The Crane Wife to me. That I loved immediately.
benpeek
Feb. 15th, 2007 12:31 pm (UTC)
yeah, i've heard the decemberists. not a whole lot, but they don't grab me so much. i can see how someone who liked them would like clap your hands say yeah,i suppose, but it's a bit of a stretch for me...

i'd give the clap your hands album a few more spins--but if you're getting irritated by the singer, you might be a lost cause. i like ounsworth's voice, myself.
ex_chrisbil
Feb. 15th, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)
Fair 'nuff. Mind you, if you've got access to 'em somehow, I'd recommend two Decemberists songs that are particularly up writers' streets. Well, IMO anyway. They're The Shankill Butchers and The Mariner's Revenge Song. They're both ballads, I guess, The Shankill Butchers being a dark horror, but strongly referencing an Irish Protestant group, and the other being a cool sea song.

The Tain (more Irish references?!?) is a cool twenty minute ballad on EP too... some of the rest of their stuff is a little generic, but I saw them last week and was very entertained.

Hey, that reminds me - can you recommend a Drones album? I've been meaning to pick one up since I saw them live, and didn't you say you're a fan?
benpeek
Feb. 15th, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
i would probably go for the latest one, GALA MILL. it has that fantastic track, 'sixteen staws' on it. WAIT BY THE RIVER AND THE BODIES OF YOUR ENEMIES WILL FLOAT BY is also quite cool--both of them are pretty strong, and worth the pick up, but i'd go the latest release first, just for that final track.

their first album, HERE COMES THE LIES, is pretty rough stuff, though not bad. and THE MILLER'S DAUGHTER is an album that mixes offcuts from between LIES and WAIT, and it's naturally patchy on that way. it got released after they got a bit of popularity. i've heard there's a live album just released, but i've not heard it.
ex_chrisbil
Feb. 15th, 2007 12:51 pm (UTC)
Cheers Ben - will give Gala Mill a go next time I can get to Fopp.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 15th, 2007 11:57 am (UTC)
3hive
An easy, free and legal way of procrastinating when you should be writing... I mean, acquiring new music.

3hive
http://www.3hive.com

I ain't affiliated - I just dig it.
benpeek
Feb. 15th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
Re: 3hive
hey, cool. shall keep an eye on it.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 16th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
Re: 3hive
I don't mean to be anonymous by the way - I thought I had a livejournal identity but maybe I had it assassinated.

Christopher Miles
benpeek
Feb. 16th, 2007 08:50 am (UTC)
Re: 3hive
that's cool, man. i do like it when people introduce themselves though. makes it easier to keep track of who is who here. so thanks for dropping back.
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